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Lets face it, our favorite comic strip is often obscure or inconsistent, and key characters are sometimes left stranded for years. Long-suffering readers are within their rights to demand some clarification. Use the "Ask GBT" form to email us your questions, and we will frequently answer some of the best!
Since Doonesbury has chronicled the adventures of Donald Trump for decades, could you please entertain us by revisiting his role in some of the previous presidential campaigns? I'd especially like to see the one where we get a glimpse of what the Trump White House itself would look like. Thanks!Darby | Characters | Pittsburgh, PA | August 06, 2015
Doonesbury's Trump archive is indeed deep and rich, going back more than 25 years, and we are pleased to share this retrospective.
The "Rummyworld" series from 10 years ago exactly describes what is going on today with ISIS. Can you please re-post those 2005 strips?Grant Hurlburt | Storyline | Hamilton, CANADA | July 16, 2015
Certainly. Welcome to Rummyworld!
It's a gift from the gods to have Trump formally in the 2016 race. But since you aren't doing dailies right now, how about you do us a solid and dig into the archives and treat us to some Classic Trump. He's been in the strip a zillion times. Por favor?Derek Stenfield | Storyline | Galesburg, IL | June 17, 2015
Easily said and done. To revisit Trump strips and storylines from 1987, 1989, 2007, 2011 and 2015, click here. De nada.
I inherited the passion for Doonesbury from my father's comics, but I never got to know how Mike and Kim met. Can you please help me fill in this gap? Thank you very much.Monica Bilotta | Characters | Catarina, ITALY | May 21, 2015
With pleasure. We take you back to Seattle in the winter of 1996, where a Steve Forbes campaign event provides the setting for a fortuitous encounter between two employees of Bernie's Byte Shack.
Oddly enough I'm a Zeke fan, and I regret that in your skim through Doonesbury history you're skipped over some of his storylines. How about revisiting him meeting Joanie and Rick for the first time, and the book he "wrote" about his MIA employer, Uncle Duke. Can do?Dean | Characters | Firebaugh, CA | February 13, 2015
Can do and have done. There's no accounting for taste. Enjoy!
A few weeks back you had J.J. showing up unexpectedly and her mom explaining why she had abandoned her and the Blowback section was all lit up about it. Because of the holidays I never got around to it till now, but I meant to write and suggest that you show us whatever old stuff you've got about when Joanie first showed up in Doonesbury. I for one would enjoy it. Thanks!Jane "A Reader Under 30" Thomsic | Characters | Portland, OR | January 02, 2015
Good idea. Let's start the New Year with a look back at September, 1972, when Mark and Mike were wrapping up their "Call Me When You Find America" tour. After numerous stops, including Washington, D.C., Miami, Disneyland, L.A., San Francisco, the Sierra Nevada, and Las Vegas, the duo were heading East when Joanie flagged them down. The rest is herstory.
I don't remember Doonesbury ever including Santa Claus in the strip, or addressing Christmas at all. Is Trudeau part of the War on Christmas?Henry Inness | Storyline | Galesburg, IL | December 23, 2014
If we didn't know better, we'd take this to be a thinly-veiled attempt (a successful one, we might add) to summon visitations by a few of our favorite ghosts of Doonesbury Christmases past. Merry Holidays!
It was nice to see Roland don his Afghan garb again this week. He may be the weirdest member of the Doonesbury cast, and I sometimes wonder if over the course of his career the entire journalistic profession didn't actually remake itself in his sadly lacking image. My memory is that he has always been the way he is, but I'd love to see his earliest appearance in the strip if you would be so kind.J.H.S. | Characters | Champaign-Urbana, IL | December 09, 2014
It is our weird pleasure. Enter Roland Burton Hedley III, stage left.
I enjoyed the FAQ a few months ago about Jimmy Thudpucker recording "Ginny's Song" for the Slade campaign. How about making an old music freak's day by also revisiting the session a little later that featured more studio time with real-life guitar player Jay Graydon?R.J. | Characters | Santa Monica, CA | November 09, 2014
It's our pleasure to cue up the 1977 series you refer to, which ends with Jimmy reprising "I Do Believe," a song which was featured in 1976's animated Doonesbury Special and on the 1977 album Jimmy Thudpucker's Greatest hits. And here's a link to Mr. Graydon's web site. In addition to his own albums and live performing Graydon has been a prolific studio player. The Thudpucker sessions with the Walden West Rhythm Section are included in his astonishingly long list of recording gigs.
Last week's strips -- with Mark and his dad at the reunion, and then Mark trying to interview his dad on the radio -- reminded me of how much head-butting those two did in the early years of the strip. In a lot of families back then things were pretty awful in that way, and the strip really captured it. I'd love it if you'd go back and give us some more of Mark and his old man not getting along. Thanks!T.H. | Characters | San Anselmo, CA | October 31, 2014
Indeed, the going was almost never smooth between Slackmeyer par and Slackmeyer fil, who frequently found themselves plunging deeply into the generation crevasse. Here is a sampler.